“Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill” threatens future of landlines

“Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill” threatens future of landlines

As of this writing (April 28 2018) a bill (the “Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill”) is currently being considered by the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Parliamentary Select Committee.

Submissions on the bill closed on 2 February 2018.  (An extension until March 30 was granted to members of Grey Power but the organisation’s national leadership apparently chose not to inform its members about the extension.)

As of May 4, 2018, the select committee had posted 175 submissions on its website

https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_74818/tab/submissionsandadvice

The clause of the bill that proposes to deregulate the copper phone line infrastructure in parts of NZ where fibre optic infrastructure

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A business essential

A business essential

A corded landline phone that is connected to the copper landline network provides an easy and inexpensive way for business owners to meet health and safety obligations to staff,

(Unlike cordless or cellular phones, using a landline with a cord is NOT associated with increased risk of brain tumours.)

it will also allow you to keep in touch with your customers – even if there is a power cut in your area.

About Save Our Landlines NZ:

This website is being developed by New Zealanders who want to see the copper landline network in NZ to be retained and protected. If you value having a corded landline phone that will work even if you home (and the area in which you live) loses electricity, you are very welcome to join us.

To get updates on this issue, please follow our Facebook page at the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/Save-Our-Landlines-NZ-1626155717464225/

If you would like to help in any way with the campaign to save NZ’s copper landline network, please email us through the contact form below.

;http://www.saveourlandlines.nz/contact-us/

 

Unsung hero

Unsung hero

A corded phone that is connected to copper landline system may not look flash.  It does not have a lot of bells and whistles.  You can’t use it to take photographs, make videos or surf the internet.

But this humble phone could save your life in an emergency.

if you have a corded phone connected to the copper landline system, it will work even if your area loses power and the cellular phone system infrastructure has failed.  It can connect you to emergency services if you need help due to an accident or life threatening medical problem.

When times are good, you can also talk on a copper landline phone in comfort and safety without the unpleasant “burning ear” sensation or headaches that many people develop while talking on cellular phone.

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Welcome to Save Our Landlines NZ

Welcome to Save Our Landlines NZ

Kia Ora and Welcome to the website of Save Our Landlines NZ

 

This site is a community project by New Zealanders who do not want to see our copper landline infrastructure to be allowed to be run down or destroyed.

 

The copper landline phone system has many advantages:

 

  •  A corded phone connected to the copper landline system will usually work even if a home (or general area) has lost power.

 

  • A corded phone connected to the copper landline system is easy to use and can be a vital lifeline to emergency services.

 

  •  The copper landline system allows people to have a safe corded home phone. This is particularly important in households with children given that their developing brains may be more vulnerable to adverse effects from cordless or cellular phones.

 

  • The sound quality provided over the copper landline system is superior to that provided by “Voice Over Internet Protocol” (VOIP) systems that are being promoted as an alternative to landline phones.

 

  • Phones that use the copper landline system are better for people who have hearing impairments or need to talk on the phone in languages other than their mother tongue.

 

  • The copper landline phone system allows people to have a safe, inexpensive hardwired internet connection. 

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Above:  The copper landline system has provided a vital service to New Zealanders for many, many decades.  Given sensible regulations to protect this vital infrastructure New Zealanders should be able to enjoy the benefits of the copper landline system for many years to come.

We hope that you will support our petition to save NZ’s copper landline phone system which you can access via the link below:

Save Our Landlines NZ launches petition

About Save Our Landlines NZ:

This website is being developed by New Zealanders who want to see the copper landline network in NZ to be retained and protected. If you value having a corded landline phone that will work even if you home (and the area in which you live) loses electricity, you are very welcome to join us.

To get updates on this issue, please follow our Facebook page at the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/Save-Our-Landlines-NZ-1626155717464225/

If you would like to help in any way with the campaign to save NZ’s copper landline network, please email us through the contact form below.

http://www.saveourlandlines.nz/contact-us/

Thank you.